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What is cancer?

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In brief: Abnormal growth

Body has capacity to control its growth, maintain cells normal structure & function , have a purpose, will co ordinate with other cells of body, stays with in the confinements like a well trained army, cancer cell does exactly opposite, abnormal cell no control invade and spread to other tissue and cancer cell has no purpose in the body.

In brief: Abnormal growth

Body has capacity to control its growth, maintain cells normal structure & function , have a purpose, will co ordinate with other cells of body, stays with in the confinements like a well trained army, cancer cell does exactly opposite, abnormal cell no control invade and spread to other tissue and cancer cell has no purpose in the body.
Dr. Addagada Rao
Dr. Addagada Rao
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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology
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In brief: Damaged genes

Cancer develops as clones of cells with damages genes conferring growth advantage accumulate new mutations.
Eventually the genome is destabilized and the cells recall the old programs by which they can invade and spread. Most cancers are curable if caught early. Good luck.

In brief: Damaged genes

Cancer develops as clones of cells with damages genes conferring growth advantage accumulate new mutations.
Eventually the genome is destabilized and the cells recall the old programs by which they can invade and spread. Most cancers are curable if caught early. Good luck.
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Dr. Ed Friedlander
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Dr. Mark Kuhnke
Surgery
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In brief: Cells gone wild

In its' simplest form, a cancer is a line of cells that grow out of the normal control system of the human body.
Cells develop and die on a regular basis daily within the human body. If a cell mutates, it usually dies, sort of a "poison pill" to keep cells within the normal cycle of the human body. Once a cell line becomes malignant, it grows unfettered by the normal system. I hope this helps.

In brief: Cells gone wild

In its' simplest form, a cancer is a line of cells that grow out of the normal control system of the human body.
Cells develop and die on a regular basis daily within the human body. If a cell mutates, it usually dies, sort of a "poison pill" to keep cells within the normal cycle of the human body. Once a cell line becomes malignant, it grows unfettered by the normal system. I hope this helps.
Dr. Mark Kuhnke
Dr. Mark Kuhnke
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Dr. Chad Levitt
Radiation Oncology

In brief: Unregulated growth

Cancer by definition is the growth in size and number in an unregulated manner of a cell line that has developed a mutation.
The mutation is passed through the offspring which accumulate more and more mutations. The defining factor is that the cells act immortal as compared to normal cells that have a programmed lifespan. They also do not respect normal anatomic boundaries and tend to metastasize.

In brief: Unregulated growth

Cancer by definition is the growth in size and number in an unregulated manner of a cell line that has developed a mutation.
The mutation is passed through the offspring which accumulate more and more mutations. The defining factor is that the cells act immortal as compared to normal cells that have a programmed lifespan. They also do not respect normal anatomic boundaries and tend to metastasize.
Dr. Chad Levitt
Dr. Chad Levitt
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